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Gypsy 83

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Some soundtracks don't mean very much if you haven't seen the corresponding film; they're souvenirs of the movie and nothing more. But other soundtracks are able to stand on their own whether or not you've seen the movie, and the Gypsy 83 soundtrack is a perfect example. Even if you haven't seen the Todd Stephens film, this is a worthwhile compilation with strong goth rock leanings. Not all of the songs on this CD are goth, but many of them are. Claire Voyant's "Twenty-Four Years," Magenta's "Eccentricity," and Bauhaus' version of Dead Can Dance's "Severance" are state-of-the-art goth -- melodic, gloomy, shadowy, and darkly poetic. The Cure, meanwhile, is nicely represented by "Doing the Unstuck." Not everything the Cure has recorded is goth, per se; nonetheless, the British band commands a lot of respect in the goth world and "Doing the Unstuck" fits right in on this soundtrack. So do two selections by the famous actress/singer Karen Black: "I Want a Lip" and "Walking in the Jungle" (which was written by Venezuelan artist Irene Farrera). Neither of them are goth -- actually, Black's noir-ish, jazz-friendly performances are really torch singing. But they're moody and moody is obviously appropriate on the Gypsy 83 soundtrack. It should be noted that the native New Yorker who serves as assistant music supervisor for this CD is Athan Maroulis, an eclectic singer who is best known for his work with the goth/industrial band Spahn Ranch but has explored romantic '40s-like vocal jazz with his Blue Dahlia project. And if you know a lot about Maroulis' diverse background, it comes as no surprise that he would be part of a goth-heavy soundtrack that occasionally detours into torch singing. This soundtrack doesn't have an all-goth policy, but it's still an enjoyable disc for goth enthusiasts.

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